The Great Central Valley

February 18, 2010

One of the most amazing photobooks I’ve ever owned is The Great Central Valley, a project by photographers Stephen Johnson and Robert Dawson, along with writer Gerald Haslam. The big, heavy book details the history and geography of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys and is accompanied by immaculately printed, large format photographs.

Land Development, Lincoln © Stephen Johnson

A lot of the photos remind me of Richard Misrasch or Joel Sternfeld [early 1980s, large format, color, western landscapes modified by man, etc]. I don’t know why these guys and this book isn’t more well known. Buy it. You can get it used on Amazon for $7 which is a total steal.

One Response to “The Great Central Valley”

  1. Christine Henderson Says:

    Thomas,
    I am very impressed by your photography! You met Tom and I (my husband) at the agriculture department in Dinuba and took our picture in the orchard. I am excited to see the pictures that you took! Thanks for sharing your artistic talent!


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